The Australian Trucking Association has announced the winners of the 2015 Cummins South Pacific TMC scholarships. Three lucky apprentices have won a scholarship, sponsored by Cummins South Pacific, to attend the upcoming TMC in Melbourne.
The three chosen are Gemma Hardwig, from Ostwald Bros Transport, Andrew Southern, who works for Blenner’s Transport and Storage and Jacob Woods, working for Divall’s Earthmoving and Bulk Haulage.
Each workshop trainees will get full delegate registration and accommodation to the 2015 PACCAR & Dealer TMC. The event runs from October 26 to 28 at the Automotive Centre of Excellence at the Kangan Institute in Docklands, Melbourne.
The TMC is jointly hosted by the ATA and the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association, and is programmed to include high level technical sessions, compliance forums and best practice workshop sessions. Delegates can choose sessions from multiple program streams to get the training and advice most relevant to their interests.
The Cummins scholarship competition is open to any Australian business which employs truck servicing technicians. Entrants need to be under 25 years of age at the date of the TMC, and can be at any stage of their training, from a first year apprentice to a fully qualified technician.
“TMC was a massive eye opener, and a really great learning experience for me,” said one of last year’s winners, Kaitlyne Watson. “I got a lot out of the sessions, and, particularly, met a lot of new people, I made some great contacts. It’s a great opportunity to get out there in the industry, particularly at such a young age.”
Cummins South Pacific scholarships first hosted the scholarships in 2012, and have already enabled nine young service technicians to attend TMC and expand their skills.
“It’s fantastic to see so many businesses training our next generation of workshop staff. These young people are the future of our industry,” said Christopher Melham, ATA CEO. “If your business has an outstanding young person in your workshop, I encourage you to consider taking them to TMC with you. It’s an incredible opportunity to develop their skills and expose them to the industry.”